22nd May

Square Dance with Rachel Eddy FRIDAY 26th MAY

Richmond Old Time Music and Dance

invites you to join us for a fabulous evening of Old Time Square Dancing with live music from an all-female band led by West Virginia’s most wonderful fiddler RACHEL EDDY! All dances are taught and fun is absolutely guaranteed.

See poster below for details.

This is a public event – everyone is welcome. 

Doors open 8.00pm. £10 entry. BYOB.

Oddfellows Hall is 2 minutes walk from Richmond Station. There is free parking in the nearby streets.

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Evie Ladin & Keith Terry UK tour – May/June 2017

Evie Ladin & Keith Terry’s 2017 tour will be kicking off on Weds 24th May. The duo is well known to the old time music community. Multi-talented singer, songwriter, clawhammer banjo player and step-dancer Evie Ladin (formerly of The Stairwell Sisters) is a sensational live performer and has been playing banjo from the age of 8 and clogging since she was 5. Talented musician, percussionist & dancer Keith Terry takes care of percussive duties on double bass, cajon and more, and joins Evie in dance elements of the duo’s shows as well as showing off their amazing body music.  Maria (True North Music) will also be hosting a very special concert in Sheffield as part of this tour, a double bill gig with Foghorn Stringband. This should be a fabulous event with a cornucopia of music and dance from the two bands.

You can find full details and ticket links at  www.truenorthpromotions.co.uk.

More info about Evie & Keith at www.evieladin.com

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Evie Ladin & Keith Terry 2017 UK tour dates:

Wed, 24/05/2017 London Green Note
Thu, 25/05/2017 New Mills St George’s Church
Fri, 26/05/2017 Sheffield Greystones
Sat, 27/05/2017 Ireby Festival Ireby Festival (afternoon)
Sat, 27/05/2017 Egremont Florence Arts (evening)
Sun, 28/05/2017 Edinburgh house concert
Mon, 29/05/2017 Eyemouth Hippodrome
Tue, 30/05/2017 Kendal Fellside Centre
Thu, 01/06/2017 Swansea Taliesin Theatre
Fri, 02/06/2017 Tenby Church House
Sat, 03/06/2017 Fire in the Mountain Festival (daytime & evening)
Sun, 04/06/2017 Brynrefail, North Wales Cafe Caban

Bakewell Area Sessions

Thurs 11 May – Cock & Pullet, Sheldon, nr Bakewell

Thurs 18 May – Miners Standard, Winster

Thurs 25 May – no session, all off to Sacrewell for Spring Camp

Thurs 1 June – Miners Standard, Winster

Sessions start at 8:30pm

Further info – Rita 01332 559371 or ritabeard@ntlworld.com


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8th May

Magical Musical Weekend in Wales

We’re delighted to let you know about a very special weekend of music on Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st.

On Saturday 20th May at 8pm in the newly refurbished Knighton Community Centre we have the return of  two of the most popular acts we’ve ever put on. For those of you who were lucky enough to see Anna and Elizabeth‘s sold out concert in Presteigne last year, no more need be said. For those of you who didn’t please read the attached publicity. On the same bill, Eli West is returning to play with Anna and Elizabeth AND do a solo performance. Eli is best known for his outstanding duo collaboration with Cahalen Morrison, but in solo work his amazing instrumental and vocal skills really shine.

On Sunday 21st May at 7.30pm we have something of a coup! We managed to book one of the most popular acoustic bands ever to visit these shores. The Foghorn String Band from the Pacific North West usually play festivals and larger venues, but on this short tour of Ireland and Europe they’ve agreed to come and play a concert/dance  in the workshop at Castle Ring, Beggars Bush near Presteigne.

If you’ve seen them at Fire in the Mountain Festival (the festival organiser’s favourite band) you’ll know why we’re excited. It’ll be a real party, and there’ll be homemade snacks and a great bar.

Tickets for each event cost £12 – PLEASE book in advance if you can as we have strictly limited capacity.

Tickets for both cost £22.  On sale for cash at the Workhouse and Courtyard Antiques in Presteigne, or by phone from

01544 350407,  01547 528315, or 01547 460231.

Looking to sharing some unforgettable music and dance with you.


The collaboration between Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle spans worlds — between their homes in Brooklyn and rural Virginia — between deep study of mountain ballads with old masters and explorations into the avant garde — between music, performance, and visual art.
Six years deep into their work together, they have spent the past year visiting traditional music archives in their home states of Vermont and Virginia, working that raw material at residencies, and are in the midst of a new cycle of work together, including a third studio album; a multimedia stage show incorporating movement, illustration, storytelling and music; a pair of dance films; and a series of quilted illustrations called “crankies.”


This May sees the first UK solo outing for monstrously talented Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist and singer Eli West, known for his previous UK touring with Cahalen Morrison. Eli oozes understated talent: a sublime musician! His recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead, on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.


The Foghorn Stringband is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead. American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration, and Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity. The Foghorn Stringband is comprised four master performers and historians: –Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) – From Orcas Island, Washington –Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar) – From rural Farmer, Washington –Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) – From the Gaspé Coast, Eastern Quebec –Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) – From Minneapolis, Minnesota Each member of Foghorn Stringband exemplifies the best of the roots music traditions from their respective native cultures. Caleb Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as they are by his upbringing in the sea islands of coastal Washington State. Reeb Willms hails from the wind swept Eastern farmlands of Washington. Her musical family and rural upbringing are are on display with every note she sings and every heart she breaks. Nadine Landry’s roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Québec, and her high lonesome vocals have delighted audiences the world over. Her earth-shaking bass playing is the rumbling backbone of the Foghorn sound. Minnesotan Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, simply put, is the old-time fiddler of his generation whose tone and voice are as old as the same hills that gave birth to this music. Together, these four have forged a sound like no other.

In performance, Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon. To the band, this music is as relevant today as it was at it’s birth a century ago. They see themselves not only as cultural revivalists, but also as historians and fans of this music. Their performances and recordings are a joyful celebration of music from a bygone era that still holds the power to delight audiences worldwide. The band’s repertoire has expanded greatly in the past 15 years. They are as comfortable playing music at a neighborhood square dance as they are stirring a festival audience to a frenzy. Old time dance tunes rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky tonk country, and classic bluegrass….and it’s all rendered into a cohesive whole. Foghorn Stringband can often be found after a performance in a local pub or club continuing to play with equal energy and joy late into the night. They’re obsessed, and that obsession rings true with every note they play and every song they sing. You’ll see. There’s Foghorn…and there’s everybody else.

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May 4th

Alsia Fest Cornwall

Old Time and Americana music campout 2017 July 14th,15th,16th Camping/ BBQ /picking & fiddling/weekend.

Higher Alsia Farm
St Buryan, Penzance
TR19 6HG

for full details please RSVP guy@alsiafarm.com

Free event, but contributions gratefully accepted.

Hosted by Guy & Xanthe Ponsford and Old Time Music Cornwall at Higher Alsia Farm in the far West of Cornwall.

Very friendly laid-back weekend with some great music guaranteed.
Fire,Water & Loos provided
Fantastic location, close to fabulous beaches and coastal path.

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Richmond Old Time Music & Dance presents


DON’T MISS the Foghorn’s only London gig in Richmond on Thursday 18th May. This will be ‘down-home, foot-stomping, ass-kickin’ old time music’ at its very best and there’ll be lots of dancing: squares, freestyle, flatfooting, clogging. Tickets are cheaper in advance online from Brown Paper (details on poster below).

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April 18th

Old Time Music Session Cornwall

8.30 Friday 21st April
The Pirate Inn
TR18 4PS


Bakewell area Sessions

We are still on website sessions as Queens Arms with Steve Wise as the contact but Steve has left us to move to Devon. We do sometimes have visitors (it’s a bit of a tourist trap) so don’t want anyone just turning up at the Queens.  If we do settle on one pub will advise further

20 April – Cock & Pullet, Sheldon, Derbyshire

27 April – Manners Hotel, Haddon Rd, Bakewell

Contact me on ritabeard@ntlworld.com or 01332 559371




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April 4th

Bakewell Session

Please note that the Bakewell session will no longer be weekly at the Queens.

April details are as follows:-

8.30pm –
Thursday 6th April ‘The Miners Standard’, Bank Top, Winster. Postcode: DE4 2DR
Thursday 13th April, ‘The Barley Mow’, The Dale, Bonsal. Postcode: DE4 2AY
Thursday 20th April, Cock and Pullet, Main St. Sheldon. Postcode: DE45 1QS
Thursday 27th April, to be arranged.

Contact: ritabeard@ntlworld.com


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April 1st

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Hi Y’all, we invite you to get your monthlyOld Time Fix’ in Reading UK on every 1st Sunday 3-6pm at
Pickin’ Lunchtime

Next Pickin’ Lunchtime Jam in Reading is on Sun 2nd April 2017 3-6pm

@ The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK,  RG1 4PS (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station). Ph: 0118 958 3555

Players of all levels, singers & dancers & friends are welcome to our monthly 1st Sunday acoustic music session. Generally American stringed band stuff (Old Time, Bluegrass, Blues & Folk) and hosted according to traditional session etiquette.

If new to this then take a peek at http://www.pegramjam.com/etiquette.html and while there also check out this useful resource for accompanying tunes unfamiliar to you (it is hoped that tune leaders will announce tune titles before commencing to play giving those with this book time to find them).

Hope to see you there   :O)
Your session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly

See also our Facebook Group where you’ll find song & tunes lists and more: https://facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime


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March 27th

Dog Gone “ROOTS”

Where: Dancing Dog Saloon, Sheppey Way, Bobbing, Sittingbourne, ME9 8QP
When: First and Third Wednesday of each month
Time: 8.00pm – 11.00 pm
Cost: Free on Open Mic nights / £5.00 on guest nights
Tele: 01634 260281 / 07745 286176

American Old-Time music, Bluegrass, Americana, Appalachian clogging and flatfooting. Come and play or just come and enjoy the music in this wonderful American Cowboy inspired pub. Y’All welcome now – see you soon.

19th April – Dan Walsh
7th June – Jeni Hankins (USA)

Tamworth Bluegrass Festival

Including Old Time bands too, It will be the last chance get a £10 discount on the ‘Early Bird’ Ticket, which expires 31st March.

You can see our advert in the latest edition of OTN. All details of the festival, and to buy tickets, can be found on our website: www.tamworthbluegrass.org

Beginners to intermediate level

Do you play banjo at home but need to have the confidence to get out and play with others?
One Wednesday per month we plan to work on an old-time clawhammer/frailing tune as a group of up to 8 players in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
This group will cater for different levels of playing from picking the bare bones of the tune, playing melody and chord structure together, back-up, and more advanced melody/techniques.

The aim is for you to get as much as you can from a two hour session with all of us playing the piece together by the end of the evening.

COST: £5 per session to cover costs.
VENUE: The Hub, Unit 5-6 Wills Yard, Chapel St, Diss, IP22 4AN.
DATE: Weds. evening 7:30 – 9:30

TO BOOK A PLACE: patriciawoodward@hotmail.co.uk


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March 17th

Jack Lawrence, Richard Plank & Alan Ward Tour

Between August 31st & September 18th musical partner and friend of the legendary Doc Watson, Jack Lawrence, will be playing around the UK.

Touring the UK previously in 2010 and 2013 as a duo, Jack Lawrence, musical partner and friend of the legendary Doc Watson, and Richard Plank,​ will be joined in 2017 by mandolin and fiddle player, Alan Ward, to form a trio breathing new life into the rich history of the American Tradition. For lovers of Old Time Music and Folk Blues there promises to be some hot picking.

Sat 2nd Sept.  Didmarton Bluegrass Festival. Kemble, Gloucestershire (afternoon performance)
Tue 5th Sept.  Dartford Folk Club. Dartford, Kent
Wed 6th Sept.  The Three Horseshoes. Towersey, Oxfordshire (Musically Monstrous Promotions)
Sat 9th Sept.  Naseby Village Hall. Northamptonshire (Battlefield Bluegrass Promotions)
Tue 12th Sept.  Hoy at Anchor Folk Club. Wescliff on Sea, Essex
Wed 13th Sept. The Green Note. Camden, London
Thurs 14th Sept.  Zennor Village Hall. Cornwall (St.Ives September Festival)
Fri 15th Sept.  Cornish Bluegrass Festival. Newquay, Cornwall
Sat 16th Sept.  Cornish Bluegrass Festival. Newquay, Cornwall
Sun 17th Sept.  Cornish Bluegrass Festival.  Newquay, Cornwall

There are still a few more dates available. Festival, theatre and folk club organisers and promoters are invited to contact us here for more information and booking enquiries: info@richardplank.com

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March 8th

Crossover Bluegrass & Old Time Festival

Crossover Bluegrass & Old Time Festival will take place during the 12th-14th May 2017 at Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton, Cheshire. The festival has been designed to create a place where both the bluegrass and old time genres are equally showcased. Our old time artists include the fantastic ‘Tom Bailey’ and ‘Rachel Eddy’ from America, who will, on top of their own solo performances, be tearing up the stage with an old time extravaganza set on the Saturday night along with UK old time connoisseurs, Jock Tyldesley and Vera Van Heeringen.

We also have the brilliant and talented duo, Kieran Towers and Charlotte Carrivick, playing great old time standards in their own unique way. Kieran Towers is an amazing fiddle player, who will also be playing with the Hot Rock Pilgrims, a band who blur the lines between old time and bluegrass and perform a stonking set every time. Other artists that blur the lines between genres include The Loose Moose String Band and Dan Walsh & John Dowling.

The festival is in a great location, with excellent facilities. The concert will take place in a 400 fixed seated auditorium with an excellent sound system and we have indoor rooms for workshops and evening sessions. We also have a lovely outdoor communal area which will have many different stalls with areas to sit down, session, grab a bite to eat or just relax.

Tickets are on sale through the website www.crossoverfest.com with a cheaper online price up until May 8th

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Rachel Eddy Weekend

The weekend workshop event is 19th -21st May
This is the FB event link: www.facebook.com/events/235365240240268/

Rachel will be doing a Saturday night concert and tickets can be bought for that separately
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/432949693707097
Wegotickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/392306

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Trad Academy Kids Folk Music Summer Camp!

Hello everyone!

It was great to see so many of you at Gainsborough last weekend. What a great festival it really is. I run an organisation called The Trad Academy and last year we organised a Folk Music Summer Camp for Kids. It was a great success and we’re doing the same thing again this year.

It’s fully residential and for kids aged 8-14 years old. We’ve got a fiddle teacher from Canada and we’ve managed to borrow 15 banjos from Hobgoblin so everyone gets to take a clawhammer banjo workshop every day. There’s also Ceilidh dancing, flatfoot dancing and loads of outdoors stuff (like the new game we invented called “Ceilidh Rounders”).

It’s happening Sunday 20th of August and run until Friday 25th 2017.

There’s loads more details on the website here: http://tradacademy.co.uk/course/trad-academy-summer-camp-august-2017/
But also we made a promotional video you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWkyptgvlDE

The maximum capacity is 30 kids and we had 16 last year, but this year we’re hoping to sell it out. It really was so much fun so tell everyone you know about it and if you know any 8-14 year olds tell them. All our staff are fully CRB checked and trained in safe guarding (about half of us are qualified school teachers too).

If you want to know more information get in touch here: http://tradacademy.co.uk/contact-the-trad-academy/

See you all soon!

Ed Hicks




The first FOAOTMAD dance party of the year.
7pm -11pm Saturday 18th March
All dancers and musicians welcome. (please no taps)
Bring some grub to share and your own drink- small contribution welcome
Come and have some old-time dancing fun at:

Upton Memorial Hall
Old Street
Upton upon Severn nr Malvern

Free parking 200 yards away for cars and bikes, campervan parking available 500 yards away near Countrywide

If using SAT NAV do NOT take J7 off the M5 as link road will be closed for roadworks. Use J8 off M5 onto M50 then take first junction to Malvern.

Contact Pete on 07807 739950
or Clare on dance@foaotmad.org.uk for more info



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